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Regional Cooperation in Metrology

Metrology is the science of measurement, embracing both experimental and theoretical determinations at any level of uncertainty in any field of science and technology.

The intricate but invisible network of services, suppliers and communications upon which we are all dependent rely on metrology for their efficient and reliable operation. For example:

  • The economic success of nations depends upon the ability to manufacture and trade precisely made and tested products and components;
  • Satellite navigation systems and international time correlation make accurate location possible – allowing the networking of computer systems around the world, and permitting aircraft to land in poor visibility;
  • Human health depends critically on the ability to make accurate diagnosis, and in which reliable measurement is increasingly important;
  • Consumers have to trust the amount of petrol delivered by a pump.

Under the framework of SAARC-PTB project, the Regional Cooperation in Metrology in the SAARC Member States have been initiated and annual Meetings have been held under this cooperation. The purpose of Coordination Meeting is to provide a forum for a mutual update on developments in scientific metrology on national and regional level and to review, adapt and update the activities and coordination mechanisms in Metrology. The Secretariat of SARSO is given the responsibility of coordinating and facilitating the activities for this cooperation under the SAARC-PTB project.

National Metrology Institutes (NMI) of the SAARC Member States:

Country Acronym National Metrology Institutes Address
Afghanistan ANSA Afghan National Standards Authority
Bangladesh NML, BSTI National Metrology Laboratory, Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution
Bhutan NML, BSB National Metrology Laboratory, Bhutan Standards Bureau
India NPL National Physical Laboratory
Maldives MoED Ministry of Economic Development
Nepal NBSM National Bureau of Standards and Metrology 
Pakistan NPSL National Physical & Standards Laboratories
Sri Lanka MUSSD Measurement Units, Standards & Services Department

The SAARC-PTB Coordination Meeting on Regional Cooperation in Metrology:

Meeting No. Date Venue
First 13-14 March 2012 Dhaka, Bangladesh
Second 22-23 April 2013 Islamabad, Pakistan
Third 25-26 June 2014 New Delhi, India
Fourth 28-29 October 2015 Colombo, Sri Lanka
Fifth 13-14 October 2016 Thimphu, Bhutan
Regional kick-off workshop of the project phase 3 (2018-2021) 08-09 May 2018 Kathmandu, Nepal